What does $563 million buy ?
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On May 16, 2008, it was announced that over $150 million in major renovations would be carried out on BC Place Stadium. These included seating replacements, washroom and concessions renovations, and replacement of the ETFE roof with a new retractable roof. The work was done in two phases. The first phase involved upgrades to seating, washrooms, concessions, and luxury suites, as well as the reinforcement of the existing ring beam at the top of the building and was completed in October 2009. Work on the retractable roof began in May 2010, shortly after the completion of the 2010 Winter Paralympics and the final deflation of the air-supported roof. The official budget for the completed Phase 1 upgrades plus the revitalization project was $563 million.The new retractable roof resembles Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, although it is unique in that it is the largest of its kind in the world and like Commerzbank the new roof was designed by structural engineers Schlaich Bergermann & Partner.
Currently, BC Place's main sports tenant is the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The stadium was also home of the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League in the early 1980s. With the re-opening of BC Place, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, a MLS team, will start playing there in late 2011.